Status Inconsistency and Lower‐Class Leftist Radicalism

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The hypothesis of status inconsistency predicts greater leftism as an interaction effect of discrepant status dimensions. Inconsistent individuals are objectively low in some dimensions and subjectively insecure in those where they hold a high position. Ensuing anxiety and frustration are likely to be translated into political opposition to the status quo. Though theoretically plausible, empirical investigations of the hypothesis report mixed results. Employing data collected among a sample of 382 lower‐class Chilean slum dwellers, a new test of the hypothesis is conducted. Dummy‐variable regressions are employed to isolate status additive effects on leftism from inconsistency interaction effects. Neither education‐occupation nor education‐income discrepancies are found to produce significant changes in the dependent variable. Identical results are obtained when age is controlled for. Limitations of these findings and their theoretical implications, as they add to a growing body of research, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-382
Number of pages22
JournalSociological Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1972
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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